The ninth annual Main Street Music Fest kicks off this weekend in Old Ellicott City with more than 40 independent artists performing live music at four venues and six outdoor stages across Ellicott City, all for free.
The event, organized by Ellicott City Partnership, will begin Friday at 5:30 p.m. and continue Saturday from noon to 8 p.m., with artists performing a range of music including acoustic, American, blues, funk, jazz, rock and soul. Headliners from the Kelly Bell Band will perform on the main stage in parking lot D beginning at 6:15 p.m.
Dirty Secret will headline the Homegrown Stage at The Wine Bin, starting at 6:30 p.m.
This year’s festival will feature a carnival atmosphere on lower Main Street from noon to 5 p.m. with a corn hole, bouncy house, giant inflatable slide and other kid-friendly offerings, as well as a DJ on site from 1 to 5 pm
SoBar will be offering its range of non-alcoholic mocktails, and various food trucks will be available all weekend. Booths showcasing craft beers, boutique wines and artisan artisans will also be present at the event.
Free shuttles will run all day. Cyclists can park their bikes in Lot E, courtesy of Bike HoCo.
Jeni Porter, owner of the Little Market Café in Old Ellicott City, is one of the festival’s original creators. She said the event was created to give artists and attendees the opportunity to perform and hear all types of music.
“The idea was really that we wanted to give unsigned artists the opportunity to showcase their music,” she said. “The idea was also to expose the general public to all types of music, not necessarily one genre or another.”
Porter said the event will give the community a chance to come together while exposing Ellicott City to newcomers.
“[The festival] gives us the opportunity to really all work together on a super cool event and also bring more people into town to experience how amazing the historic district is,” she said. “[It’s] always a wonderful thing when we can attract new visitors who have never been here before and now they can experience our city and we hope they come back again and again.”
For more information about the free event, visit https://visitoldellicottcity.com/msmf/.